In recent years, it has become standard for homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors in their home. This is after several tragic stories related to children and families dying in the night due to CO poisoning from carbon monoxide in the home. The gas is invisible and almost odorless and hard to detect without detectors in the home.
The most common question when it comes to carbon monoxide detectors is where to install them? This post from Ezquiz Home Care Tips will offer information on the best locations for carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
HOW TO INSTALL A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
There are several brands and models of carbon monoxide detectors to choose from but for the most part the installation process is similar. Each detector ranges from $10-50 a piece depending on the model you purchase.
You will likely need a drill as well as a screwdriver to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. To install the device should not require more than 5-10 minutes each. We recommend that you follow the exact instructions from the manufacturer of the detector for the best results.
BEST LOCATIONS FOR CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
The standard rule for carbon monoxide detectors is that a minimum of one should be installed on each floor of a home. You should place the detector at eye level and in locations where the alarm will be heard and loud enough even in the middle of the night when everyone in your home is asleep.
This rule includes basements too. If you have a basement in your home or a subground level in your home you need to install a carbon monoxide detector in that room too.
You want the detector at eye level because unlike a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector has a digital display to communicate the current CO levels in the home. You want the display to read “0” at all times and you should monitor the display each time you pass the detector in your home. The best location would be in your hallway and near the entryway of your bedroom and other interior doors. You can never be too safe when it comes to your home and your family.
Do not place the detector near a water heater or a gas furnace or other fuel combustible devices in your home. These devices can lead to false alarms from the detector due to minor emissions of the gas. We also do not recommend placing the detectors in the garage, laundry rooms or kitchens either for the same reason.
Each model and brand of carbon monoxide detector comes with a recommend expiration date for the device. You can purchase 5-year or 10-year models. Do not forget to replace the carbon monoxide detectors in your home. We recommend changing them a few months before the expiration date in order to be 100% certain that the device is still functioning to the best of its ability.
We hope this post answered all of your questions concerning carbon monoxide detectors and where to place the devices in your home. Please use our contact form here to send us questions about this post.